Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Rudy Giuliani: President Trump could pardon himself, but he probably wouldn’t

Rudy Giuliani: President Trump could pardon himself, but he probably wouldn’t Trump’s team denies president plans to pardon himself
Faye Gross | 07 June, 2018, 03:51

The special prosecutors investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election are seeking to frame President Donald Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday in Tel Aviv.

Giuliani ¬underscored one of the main ¬arguments in a newly unveiled ¬letter sent by Trump's lawyers to Mueller in January: the President can not be given a grand jury subpoena as part of the probe into foreign meddling in the 2016 election.

But Trump's tweet, whether accurate or not, did give other Twitter users the idea of invoking legal scholars in other matters.

"This morning, the president tweeted that he "has the absolute right to pardon himself" and that "the appointment of the special counsel is totally unconstitutional".

While Mueller has indicted 19 people and three companies in his year-old investigation, including several former top campaign aides to Trump, the investigation has so far made no allegations against the president himself.

"And he has no need to do it, he's done nothing wrong".

Trump has always maintained there was no collusion and that the investigation is a "witch hunt". "The separation of your choice of how you vote is very separate from the professional responsibility to choose to go after one person or another for misconduct they actually do".

Mueller Accuses Manafort of Attempting to Tamper With Witnesses
Domin's noted that Manafort attempted to contact the two people between February and April via phone, text, and encrypted message. Gates pleaded guilty in February to two counts of conspiracy and making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation .


The question of self-pardon arose after the New York Times published a letter to the counsel from Trump's lawyers, BBC reported on Sunday. "I think it would probably get answered by - gosh, that's what the Constitution says and if you want to change it, change it", Giuliani said.

President Donald Trump looks on during a Change of Command ceremony as Admiral Karl Schultz takes over from Admiral Paul Zukunft as the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington June 1.

He called it an interesting constitutional question. Pardoning yourself is another.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, told CNN, "If I were president of the United States and I had a lawyer that said I could pardon myself, I think I would hire a new lawyer". "But I don't think a president should pardon themselves".

Bharara, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama, told CNN that for a president to pardon himself would be "outrageous".

Trump's attorney Rudy Guiliani claimed on Sunday that the President could have shot former FBI director James Comey to end his Russian Federation investigation and not faced prosecution while in office.

Rudy Giuliani says Trump might have that authority but exercising it would be "unthinkable".

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